Friday, March 11, 2016

How To Never Have A Dead Gadget Battery When Exploring The Outdoors

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Flybox Gadgets.

If you're always on the go like Mr. ArtSea Chic and I are, you probably make sure phones are charged the night before so a full battery will get you through the day. However, most times we end up taking turns plugging into our car's adapters because the power drains out within hours. It can be hard to make sure everything is charged ready to capture memories and communicate with others while traveling, which is why we started looking into solar powered gadgets to solve our problem.

We were introduced to the Flybox Gadgets' SQ1 waterproof solar power bank earlier this year and were eager to try it out during our first road trip of 2016 down to the corner of Texas/Louisiana at Sea Rim State Park.    


Flybox Gadgets is an environmentally friendly business with a focus on helping keep our Earth clean through their product offerings. Just like us they are outdoor enthusiasts, personally using the products they sell in active lifestyle activities in the wilderness, in the sky, on the coast and wherever adventure takes them.

Unlike other solar power chargers, their SQ1 has a Samsung Li-Po battery almost 3x as strong compared to others we had tested, plus it comes with four suction cups for attaching to windows, a carabiner and USB device charging cords. One of the features we like the most about the way the gadget has been made is that it has 2.1 amp output ports, meaning it will charge faster and better (no more slow charges, woohoo!). All we have to do is give it a good charge at home and then when we need more power we feed it some bright sun beams. The dual LED light bars are also a nice touch and come in handy to turn on when it's dark outside, they're bright!


The only trouble we had was keeping the suction cups attached to the gadget/window while driving. The weight of the gadget, even though it is very light (290g to be exact), would cause the cups to slip off or detach from the window which was frustrating. However, when I spoke with Flybox Gadgets directly about this, I was reassured that this concern was known and being addressed as a top priority for improvement. They said when they manufacture suction cups with the perfect fit, they will mail a new set of upgraded cups to current customers for free - which is honestly fantastic customer service because not many companies think like that anymore.

At the beach I dropped it in the water, made sure it came in contact with sand and the salty air, and it still works today. :) The SQ1 is all sorts of durable: waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, flameproof, slip proof and shatter resistant. Now, I didn't put it in fire or run over it with Mr. ArtSea Chic's truck - but I'm sure it would still come out alive since it has a shock absorbing ABS shell!ha




We were able to charge both our iPhone and Android during our trip without having to worry about being near the car if we needed a recharge. Let me tell you, that feeling alone is amazing.





Even though we were out in the sun all day, the gadget didn't overheat at all. Our phone batteries lasted all day on one charge and the power bank was still full for more charges. How did we know? There are indicator lights on the side that tell you when you might need to feed some sun beams, which is helpful to know.

Overall we've loved using the SQ1 and will continue to use it. Testing it out turned into quite the memorable experience, because guess what y'all I'm ENGAGED! :D



Mr. ArtSea Chic proposed while we were shelling on the beach... I had no idea what was going on at all. Wasn't expecting to find a scallop shell on a Texas beach. :) You can watch the video below to see what I mean and then go grab yourself a SQ1 waterproof solar power bank to use during your outdoor adventures this year! (ehm, we can't guarantee you'll get a proposal when making a purchase) :)




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Sunday, January 24, 2016

12 Coastal RV Renovation Ideas

Now that the holidays are over, we've moved to a new RV resort and Mr. ArtSea Chic is almost done with long travels, so we've had more time to plan out what renovations we'd like to do inside our Jayco.

We have become more accustomed to the layout of our 320 sqft. home these past two months, and at times even lost track of where we put some things. Living in a smaller space with dark brown furnishings and wood floors can make our cozy space feel smaller than it really is (see the RV interior tour here) and with a couple little renovation projects here and there, we can make it feel more open and coastal inspired in time for summer.

I've never done big renovation projects before, much less in an RV, so my tiny living Pinterest board has been my go-to for ideas and advice.

Below are some of the main projects I'd like to do, first starting with the bathroom area just to make sure all goes well. :)
  1. Faux white marble countertops by Giani {watch this DIY video}
  2. Bathroom beadboard accent wall with new towel hooks
  3. Beadboard bathroom door accent
  4. Living room bench seat with storage 
  5. Paint all walls
  6. Paint kitchen cabinets white and add beadboard
  7. DIY Dixie cup outdoor party lights
  8. Paint ceiling fan
  9. New bedding (I love this set from Target)
  10. DIY driftwood headboard
  11. Navy blue floor runners 
  12. Paint the fireplace mantel and entertainment area

It'd be great if we could do all of these ideas for under $600, so we'll see if we're able to stay under that number as we make progress.

Materials for the faux white marble countertops have already been ordered, so we'll be getting started soon! :) Check back here for updates of the progress in the coming months.


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Monday, December 21, 2015

8 RV Coastal Christmas Decoration Ideas

Christmas is only a couple days from now! We've been living in our Jayco for a little over a month, and while we will be spending the holidays with family we added some dashes of coastal Christmas decor throughout our tiny home.

I made 8 coastal Christmas decorations sized for our RV, so easy to make you can do these last minute too. Part of living a coastal lifestyle means having a mindset that embraces what is naturally around you, only taking what you need, and appreciating nature. I try my best to remember this, especially during the holidays when there will be so much waste, trash, and consumption that will harm the environment.


If you've been following on Instagram, you know we have beautiful land and pine tree woods near us. I love the smell of evergreen pines, so as my first holiday decor project I harvested several dozen tree limbs, pine cones, vine branches and berry branches to make two natural wreaths to hand on the outside of the RV.

Instead of metal wreath forms, I attached vine branches together to make a thick circle base to attach the branches and pine cones. With sparkly ribbon and a set of awesome indoor/outdoor battery operated Christmas lights from Hobby Lobby, our front door is ready to shine! To hang the wreath we used a hefty suction cup on the glass window. Through heavy rain, wind and sunshine the suction cup has not fallen or moved!



The outdoor wreath on the front of the RV was made the same way the front door wreath was, except because of high winds no lights or ribbon were put on; they just wouldn't stay.

With extra ribbon and left over pine needle branches, I started working on the inside of the RV. For the fireplace I made, pine needle tassels, jingle seashell trees, and a custom little Christmas pine tree. :) In addition to these three projects, I couldn't find the ideal ornament to hang - so I whipped up a drawing of our RV in a snow globe (spoiler alert: it hasn't snowed in Houston).



With the pine needle tassels, leftover ribbon and cute mini ornaments I found at Hobby Lobby we hung our own version of garland. I love it so much!




Above - Mr. ArtSea Chic's version of wearing his Santa hat... had to share :) haha.

Every living room area is not complete without a comfy warm blanket. We have the fleece fly fishing blanket I made for Mr. ArtSea Chic getting used a ton now that it gets a little chilly in the evenings; just so happens it's Christmasy colors go great with our decor theme as well. Win-win.

Our cozy dinette space has a battery operated marquee letter and RV dish plate from Hobby Lobby. Can you tell I love shopping there yet? :) I also took a glass jar we weren't using and made a seashell ball with gold ribbon pieces to put in the middle of it. It just so happens that our dishware also matches our festive outdoors decor.

I love a simple look with a couple texture changes and this little space does all of that. To add other textures I made pine needle braided napkin holders topped with a jewel box seashell. They're easily able to be used year round!




Lastly, Mr. ArtSea Chic and I made our first Christmas cards together! We made them on Walgreen's holiday cards website and picked them up same day at our local store. So convenient and less expensive than other online greeting card websites or buying sets at the store when wanting custom cards. We featured our favorite memories from visiting Sanibel and Captiva Islands this summer, plus of course we included our new home.


Hope you enjoyed a little tour of how we decorated our RV for the holidays! The great thing about these decorations is that they can stay up all throughout most of winter. I'll probably switch things up around early February. 

See what else we're up to on InstagramTwitter and Facebook, we've got exciting plans coming up in the New Year. Mr. ArtSea Chic and I wish you and your family a happy Christmas and New Year!


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